Many people don't know that even working families can get WIC. For example, a family of four can make up to $44,860 a year and still qualify for WIC.
WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. It provides monthly benefits to buy roughly $45 worth of healthy foods for each eligible person in your family. It also provides nutrition tips and breastfeeding education and support at no cost.
To be eligible for WIC, you must:
Even if you work, you may still be eligible to participate in the WIC program. Click here to view current income guidelines for WIC.
- Be pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum OR
- Have infants or children under the age of 5 years
- Have a household income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level
- Provide proof of household income OR
- Have a medical card, KTAP, or food stamps OR
- Have a pregnant woman or infant in the family who receives Medicaid or KTAP
- Be a resident of Kentucky
You can set up an appointment to apply for WIC by calling Richmond Clinic (859-623-7312) or Berea Clinic (859-986-1192).
When you come to your appointment, make sure you bring the following items:
- Proof of household income, such as pay stubs, W-2 forms OR a current medical card
- Proof of residence, such as current bill with your address, a current bank statement, lease agreement, mortgage agreement OR a current medical card
- Proof of identity, such as a current driver's license, birth certificate, social security card, shot record OR current medical card
Some examples of the foods you may receive are:
- 1% Milk and Cheese
- Vitamin C-rich juices
- Iron-rich cereals
- Dried beans, peas, or peanut butter
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains (bread, rice or tortillas)
- A baby may get infant formula, jars of baby foods, and infant cereal
Click to view the WIC food brochure
When you enroll in WIC, you will get information to help you choose nutritious foods and improve your family's health. If you decide to breastfeed your baby, the program may be able to provide you with a breast pump when you return to work or school. WIC can also help you find regular health care and keep your children's vaccinations up to date if needed.
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